Louisa Emma Black was born in North Carolina, the daughter of Cyrus and Elizabeth Harkey Black. She married Thomas Jennings about 1857 in Fayette, Georgia. Thomas was born 4 April 1830 in Fayette, Georgia, the son of Allen and Cynthia Varner Jennings. In 1859, Louisa and Thomas moved to Texas where during the War Between the States he served with the Texas Militia and then joined the regular Confederate Army under General MacGruder, D. S. Terry’s regiment, cavalry corps. In 1866, the family moved up to Fayetteville where Thomas was engaged in the livery and hotel business and eventually was the proprietor of Bed Spring Manufacturing, an active business in Fayetteville during the late 1800's. He also at one time was the proprietor of the Mountain House in Fayetteville. Louisa and Thomas were the parents of Edgar, Fannie, Thomas, Lillie, Willie, and Lizzie.